What rea­sons for culling of pro­tected gull?

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - SEAN WOOD

JUST when you thought the il­le­gal per­se­cu­tion of pro­tected birds could not get any worse, the RSPB has learned that large num­bers of pro­tected birds are be­ing killed on a grouse moor in Lan­cashire.

And this time I’m not talk­ing hen har­ri­ers, al­though the so-called ‘sky dancers’ con­tinue to suf­fer at the hands of mis­guided mo­rons, but no, an RSPB staff mem­ber work­ing in the Bow­land area dis­cov­ered nest­ing lesser black-backed gulls be­ing shot, leav­ing their chicks to be ei­ther killed by dogs or left to starve.

Lesser black-backed gulls have been nest­ing on the moors of Lan­cashire for more than 80 years.

The re­cov­er­ing colony in Bow­land is one of the most im­por­tant in the UK and is pro­tected un­der Bri­tish and Euro­pean law, hav­ing once been in ex­cess of 20,000 pairs.

Lesser black-backed gulls are de­clin­ing across the UK and the RSPB is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly wor­ried about their fu­ture in the UK.

This species can only be legally culled if they pose a threat to hu­man health, risk spread­ing dis­ease or are hav­ing a neg­a­tive ef­fect on other

The Laugh­ing Badger Gallery, 99 Platt Street, Pad­field, Glos­sop

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